New Belgium Mural – Watermelon Lime

We’ve been watching a lot of Disney movies lately to keep our mind off of things. We haven’t been watching the news a lot, although I feel like my phone is constantly blowing up with breaking news stories anyway. I had never seen Wall-e, but we watched it over the weekend and I really enjoyed it. It is almost like a silent movie, but it’s really cute. I highly recommend it, unlike this beer.

ABV: 4%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We blended watermelon, lime, hibiscus and agave for this brewed work of art. And with just 110 calories and less than 1 gram of sugar, it’s guaranteed to keep things light and refreshing.”

Random: This beer comes in at 110 calories, which would make it a good choice for Summer since it’s rather light.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of loose white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left absolutely no lacing on the glass. It did leave a small crown on top of the cloudy pink-tinged body. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some lime zest along with some melted watermelon ice pop. I couldn’t pick up the hibiscus. The taste had notes of watermelon ice pop as well and went into a lime candy note. It also had a chalky note with a touch of flowers. The body was light and carbonation needed to be increase. It had a quick finish with chalk and watermelon. I wanted to like this beer because it had all of the Summer flavors that I really enjoy, but this just didn’t work for me. I wouldn’t rush have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

New Belgium Fat Tire Belgian White

Happy Saturday! Let’s jump right into it.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Witbier, white beer, bière blanche, or simply witte is a barley/wheat, top-fermented beer brewed mainly in Belgium and the Netherlands. It gets its name due to suspended yeast and wheat proteins which cause the beer to look hazy, or white, when cold. It is a descendant from medieval beers which were flavored and preserved with a blend of spices and other plants such as coriander, orange, and bitter orange referred to as ‘gruit’ instead of using hops. The style was revived by Pierre Celis at the Hoegaarden Brewery in Belgium and the Celis Brewery in the United States and is traditionally made with up to 50% raw wheat rather than wheat malt. The beers have a somewhat sour taste due to the presence of lactic acid or acetic acid, much more pronounced in the past than today. Also, the suspended yeast in the beer causes some continuing fermentation in the bottle.”

Random: Since we’ve only brought a small staff in given the pandemic, I’ve been listening to a lot more music while at work.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright yellow and hazy. Despite that, I could still some carbonation. The nose had some wheat and bright citrus. There was coriander in there as well. Belgian yeast came through as well. The taste was bright and had the same wheat notes as the nose. There was orange and coriander with Belgian yeast. I only got a touch of white pepper. The body was on the light side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with wheat and Belgian yeast. I thought this beer went down easily and had some nice flavor. It wasn’t the best of the style that I’ve had, but definitely solid.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA

New Belgium is one of the breweries that I visited when we went to Colorado a few years back. I was shocked at how empty it was and how large the facility was. I had a few beers there and really enjoyed them. I don’t recall offhand if I had anything from the Voodoo Ranger series, but I’m giving this one a shot now. I’ve had a few beers from the series and was pleasantly surprised, so let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Bursting with tropical aromas and juicy fruit flavors from Mosaic and Amarillo hops, this golden IPA is perfectly bitter with a refreshing, sublime finish.”

Random: I have tried a bunch of the Voodoo Ranger series and I find them to be pretty good.

The beer poured with a two finger, thick white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright light orange color that had minimal cloudiness and lots of visible carbonation. The nose was filled with piney hops that quickly went into green pepper notes. There was some tropical fruit and what stood out to me was pineapple. The sip was pretty dank. I picked up a lot of pine that went into grapefruit pith and pineapple. I found the alcohol here really apparent and took away from the other flavors. The body was on the heavier side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with pine sap. I thought this beer was alright, but not one worth seeking out.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Hop Avenger IPA

New Belgium was in the news last year for deciding to sell to a division of Kirin, instead of remaining employee owned. It’s definitely sad, but no indication yet of what is going to change for the armchair drinker. We’ll just have to wait and see.

ABV: 7.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Fort Collins is a municipality in northern Colorado, which serves as the seat of Larimer County. Situated on the Cache La Poudre River along the Colorado Front Range, Fort Collins is located 56 mi (90 km) north of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. With a 2018 estimated population of 167,830, it is the fourth most populous city in Colorado after Denver, Colorado Springs, and Aurora. Fort Collins is a midsize college city, home to Colorado State University and Front Range Community College’s Larimer campus.”

Random: This beer has been retired, so I couldn’t find much information about it.

The beer poured with a three finger head that was slightly off white in color. It dissipated rather quickly, but left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color that was cloudy, but I could still see some carbonation. The nose had a lot of fruit in it, specifically grapefruit, mango and orange segments. The taste had some more tropical fruit to it. I picked up pineapple in addition to the mango. There was also a big helping of some sweet malt as well. The body was on the thicker side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with tropical fruit. This was a middle of the road IPA that I didn’t mind drinking, just wouldn’t rush back to.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

New Belgium Oakspire

I’m a big fan of bourbon, so when I saw this on shelves, it had to come home with me.

ABV: 9%

Style: American Strong Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Knob Creek is a brand of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey produced by Beam Suntory at the Jim Beam distillery in Clermont, Kentucky. It is one of the four Jim Beam small batch bourbon brands targeted for the high-end liquor market. Its siblings in the line are Booker’s, Baker’s, and Basil Hayden’s. The primary expression of the brand is bottled at 100 proof (higher than the typical 80 that is the minimum required by U.S. Federal labeling requirements). Knob Creek was formerly aged for nine years, but is now sold with no age statement. Knob Creek comes in a rectangular bottle with a corked or twist-on cap and wax-sealed top. The bourbon has a dark, golden-brown color. According to the company, this is due to the relatively long aging process, which allows it to absorb more sugar from the wood than is the case for the other Jim Beam Small Batch brands. The company describes the flavor as ‘rich, sweet, woody, full-bodied, almost fruity’, and the aroma as ‘toasted nuts, grain, oak’. In 2009, Beam ran a campaign to publicize their shortage of Knob Creek bourbon. Demand exceeded the 2000 forecast, when the stock began the aging process.”

Random: This is a collaboration beer between Knob Creek and New Belgium.

The beer poured with a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was brown and clear with some visible carbonation. The nose had vanilla and bourbon along with some sweet molasses. The taste was sweet and had some vanilla along with caramel. There was some raisin and fig as well and only a very small amount of bourbon. There were notes of molasses and the beer was just too sweet for me. The body was on the thicker side with lighter carbonation. The booze was relatively well hidden. It had a lengthy finish with molasses and caramel. A bottle was $2.83, which came to $.24 per ounce. I thought given the collaboration, this would be amazing, but it just missed the mark for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin

Tonight’s beer was one of the few pumpkin beers that I haven’t tried that grace the shelves of Jersey. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6.4%

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Enough with the run-of-the-mill pumpkin beers. I’m not interested in an ale that takes cues from a frozen coffee drink, and neither are you. That’s why I made Atomic Pumpkin. Does it really feature Habanero peppers? Yep! What about Saigon Cinnamon? Ding! Aji and Del Arbol peppers? Winner. I round it all out with a hearty malt bill that makes for a spicy brew that puts the “Fun” back in Pumpkin. (Spelling was never my strength). — Voodoo Ranger”

Random: This beer comes in at 10 IBUs.

The beer poured with an off white head that was a finger high. It took a little bit of time to go away and left a small crown on top of the body, but no lacing. The body was clear and bright orange in color with moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with the normal pumpkin spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and some vanilla as well. The taste started with sweetness and went into pumpkin spice. It had cinnamon, nutmeg and some ginger as well. Right at the back of my tongue, the hot peppers kicked in and they were pleasantly spicy. I enjoy spicy things, so this was right in my wheelhouse. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with hot peppers. Once they kicked in, it muted all of the pumpkin spices that were present. A bottle of this was $1.58, which came to $.13 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, but one was certainly enough for me. If you’re into pumpkin and hot peppers, this was a really interesting beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA

Since I’m terrible of keeping track of dates, I completely missed the 8 year anniversary of the blog (which was in June). I started off reviewing Allagash White, which I loved (and still do to this day). The format has changed over the 8 years, but I never thought that when I started this 8 years ago that I would keep it up this long. Hopefully I keep it up for at least another 8 years.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Packed with bright tropical aromas and brilliant citrusy flavors, this unfiltered IPA wraps up with a pleasantly smooth finish.”

Random: This beer comes in at 42 IBUs.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The beer poured with some floaties and was golden-yellow in color with a lot of carbonation and obviously, haziness. The nose started with a lot of citrus. I specifically picked up oranges, tangerines and tangelos. There wasn’t much on the tropical fruit front. The taste had a touch of yeast, but then went into lots and lots of citrus. The orange came through, quickly followed by tangerines and grapefruit. It had a lot of orange juice as well, but not a tropical fruit that I could find. The body was medium thickness with a lot of carbonation. It had a sticky finish with high carbonation. I picked up the pounder can for $1.92, which came to $.12 per ounce. This beer was pretty good and the price made this an absolutely steal. Give it a try, for sure.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

New Belgium Fat Tire And Friends Fat Pale Ale

It’s been awhile since I tried a mixed twelve pack, but I got the last New Belgium Fat Tire and Friends one. This is the final beer from the series.

ABV: 6%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’ll set the scene. 1988. Belgium. Boy on bike. (Ok, make that a young man of 32.) As our aspiring young homebrewer rides his mountain bike with ‘fat tires’ through European villages famous for beer, New Belgium Brewing Company was but a glimmer in his eye. Or basement. For Jeff Lebesch would return to Fort Collins with an imagination full of recipes and a handful of ingredients ready to embark on a whole new journey. And then there was beer. Jeff’s first two basement-brewed creations? A brown dubbel with earthy undertones named Abbey and a remarkably well-balanced amber he named Fat Tire. To say the rest was history would be to overlook his wife’s involvement. Kim Jordan was New Belgium’s first bottler, sales rep, distributor, marketer, and financial planner, as well as the company’s longtime CEO. In the fall of 2015, Jordan passed the torch to New Belgium’s current CEO Christine Perich”

Random: We saw “Wonder Woman” this past weekend and it was only alright. It didn’t help that people were kicking my chair the whole time.

The beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with moderate carbonation. The nose was a lot of malt up front with very little hops. It had a touch of sourness too. The taste was all nutty malt, overwhelmingly so. It had some grass as well, but the hops faded on this one. There was also some lemon-lime soda as well. The body was medium thickness with moderate and enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy and malty. I don’t remember what I paid for this beer since it was part of a mixed twelve pack, but I thought it was only alright.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

New Belgium Side Trip Semi-Dry Cider

Wedding planning has taken over my life. I’m about 50 reviews in the hole and the closer we to February, the less time that I think I’m going to have. We’ve decided on a venue, which is about the only thing we’ve decided on. We both love the venue (it’s historic, not a wedding factory and has really cute fire tables) and it’s not too far from our house, although it’s equally inconvenient to every other person attending the wedding. More about that in some reviews to come, let’s get to the cider.

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Cider

Trivia: This is made at their new Asheville, North Carolina facility.

Random: The show “Quantico” keeps getting more confusing every season.

This cider poured with less than a quarter finger of pure white head. It disappeared before I got a chance to take the picture. The body was clear and had a greenish-yellow tint and moderate carbonation. The nose had green apple skins and apple juice. It had very little else. The taste was also simple. It had the same green apple skins with tart apple juice. It had some honey sweetness to it and some white grape juice. I kept taking sips, searching for some depth, but this was a relatively simple cider. It was quite dry and had lacking carbonation. It was almost too thin as well. The finish was quick with apple juice. The can was $2.75, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. I thought this was a good introductory cider that didn’t pull any punches, but was a bit boring for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA

I’m really enjoying Samantha Bee’s show. She’s not quite as good as John Oliver, but a close second. She has a lot of political material lately to say the least. Anyways, let’s talk about something more pleasant, like beer.

voodoorangerimperialipa

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A rare blend of choice hops creates an explosion of fresh-cut pine and citrus flavors for a complex, rich and delicious flavor.”

Random: I still want to try the other beers from the Voodoo series.

This brew poured with a two finger, loose, tan-colored head. It took forever to dissipate and left lots of spiderweb lacing on the glass, along with a half a finger crown. The body was clear, but dark orange that bordered on brown. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The scent started as green and herbal with pine oil and some tea tree oil too. It had citrus flesh, specifically oranges and grapefruits, but they were bordering on overripe. The taste was a bit muddled. It had the same pine oil along with grapefruit zest. It had some sage or another green herb that was hard to place. The alcohol was apparent on this. Caramel malt was a minor flavor at the end. The body was thick, but appropriate for the style. It had a lot of carbonation, which made it go down easier. It had a lengthy finish with pine and old citrus zest. A bottle of this set me back $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). I thought this beer was alright, but some of the flavors weren’t integrated well.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0